Carrie Frances Fisher was an American actress and writer. She played Princess Leia in the Star Wars films. Fisher wrote several semi-autobiographical novels, including Postcards from the Edge. She earned praise for speaking publicly about her experiences with bipolar disorder and drug addiction. Fisher died of a sudden cardiac arrest on December 27, 2016, at age 60.
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Carrie Frances Fisher was an American actress and writer. She played Princess Leia in the Star Wars films. Fisher wrote several semi-autobiographical novels, including Postcards from the Edge and an autobiographical one-woman play, and its non-fiction book, Wishful Drinking. She earned praise for speaking publicly about her experiences with bipolar disorder and drug addiction. Fisher died of a sudden cardiac arrest on December 27, 2016, at age 60, four days after experiencing a medical emergency during a transatlantic flight from London to Los Angeles. She was posthumously made a Disney Legend in 2017, and in 2018 she was awarded a posthumous Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album. Fisher made her film debut in 1975 as the precociously seductive character Lorna Karpf in the Columbia Pictures comedy Shampoo, filmed in mid-1974, when she was age 17. She and her mother appear in Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, a documentary about their relationship. It premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. In 1978, Fisher appeared as the love interest in Ringo Starr’s TV special Ringoo. The next month, she starred in the ABC-TV film Yesterday Behind Yesterday with Laurence Olivier and Joanne Woodward. She also appeared in a version of William Inge’s The Little Woman. She is listed in the credits as “Mystery Woman” in the film The Blues Brothers; she is listed as the last scene in the TV production Star Wars Holiday Special, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which was released on December 15, 2017.
The film is dedicated to her and is based on a book she wrote about her time in Star Wars, The Last Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Fisher worked on other writers’ screenplays as a script doctor, including tightening the scripts for Hook, Sister Act, The Wedding Singer, and many of the films from theStar Wars franchise, among others. She wrote the screenplay for the film version of Postcards From the Edge which garnered her a BAFTA Award forbest Adapted Screenplay nomination. She appeared in the television series 30 Rock and Catastrophe, and was nominated twice for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her performances on the TV series. Fisher was the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds. Her father’s third marriage resulted in the births of Fisher’s two half-sisters, Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher. In 1960, her mother married Harry Karl, owner of a chain of shoe stores. Reynolds and Karl divorced in 1973, when Fisher was 17 years old. In 1973, Fisher enrolled at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama, which she attended for 18 months. Following her time there, Fisher was accepted at Sarah Lawrence College, where she planned to study the arts. She later left without graduating. Fisher appeared in The Blues brothers as Jake’s vengeful mother.